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The best online games to play as a family…

If you’ve exhausted all your go-to family game night options, check out these online games and apps that were made for keeping kids entertained at home.

The charades-esque game is a surefire way to entertain a family. Kids, teens, grown children, parents, and grandparents alike will find something enjoyable with a round (or many) of Heads Up.

Family game night has long been a fun activity any night of the week. But now that you’re home every night of the week for the indefinite future, you may needs some more options in your back pocket.

Here are a few of our family favourites…

Monopoly

Play the popular board game online with your family and even extended friends and grandparents. Full instructions are provided so even if you’re kids haven’t played before they will quickly be buying and selling property like a real-life tycoon! Even little ones can begin to understand turn-taking and money management in this game, but it’s best suited for elementary school kids. Online Monopoly is available to play for free online, or you can choose to pay for the app which costs a few dollars.

Super Mega Mini Party

Throw a private Super Mega Mini Party and invite your family to play these series of ten silly, light-hearted games. You’ll have the chance to see outer space, play around a campfire, and hang with some cute little penguins! Note: You’ll need an Apple Arcade subscription to play these games.

Clue

Play the classic murder mystery game Clue, or Cluedo as it’s known in other countries, by creating private rooms for just your family to explore. Download the game for around $10, and find the killer before they strike again!

Heads Up

This game is based on the old party favourite where players hold up a piece of paper on their forehead and try to guess what is written on it by asking questions. With the online version, you can nix the pen and paper and use your phone to display a category and object for the other players to give you clues. Different categories include Celebrities, Movies, and Animals.

Wink Bingo

Wink Bingo is the home of online bingo and slots. Enjoy hundreds of slot games and play bingo online with a colourful selection of bingo rooms including 90 Ball, 75 Ball, 5 Line (Swedish Bingo), 52-5 Ball (Flash Fives Bingo), Daily Jackpots, as well as no deposit bingo for newbies and exclusive VIP rooms.

Pokemon Go

Although most people associate this game with getting outside, it’s actually possible to play Pokemon Go at home. Kids will love trying to find their favourite characters whether you do it indoors or in the backyard. Each player should add themselves to your friend list so that you can interact as you play.

Skribblo

This drawing game is great fun and a bit like an online version of Pictionary. Create a private room so that your family can play together without distractions, then you’ll be given prompts to draw. The random word generator is fun, but if you have younger children you’ll want to control the content by creating your own customisable word list.

Psych!

If you’ve ever played Balderdash, you’ll get the gist. Join the game remotely with your friends, choose from a number of categories, and start making up fake answers. You’re legit encouraged to lie. Fun! Basically, you’ll fabricate fake answers to real trivia questions and your pals will have to guess what’s real. The objective is to trick them into choosing yours. You’ll score points for guessing the right answer and for psyching your friends into guessing yours. Requires a minimum of two players.

8 Ball Pool

We can’t go to actual bars anymore, so drinking cheap beer at your go-to dive and betting your pals you’ll sink the 8 ball is off the table. But there’s virtual version that lets you compete one-on-one or in eight-player tournaments. You can sign up through Facebook and challenge your friends from the comforts of your couch.

UNO

Sure, it won’t be quite as fun to gloat your “UNO” over FaceTime as it is IRL, but we’ve gotta make sacrifices here, people. And the classic card game’s virtual app has all kinds of cool twists. You can play with friends from anywhere, team up for 2v2 mode, compete in tournaments, and more.

Boggle With Friends

Another classic board game gone virtual, Boggle With Friends lets you play solo, with random opponents, and friends. You can even compete in live head-to-head tournaments if you’re feeling especially competitive, try out daily challenges, and more.

Scattergories

The gist is all the same — roll the die and create an answer for each category that fits with your starting letter.  But the app version comes with way more features than the IRL board game. Try out multiplayer mode, duels, access power-ups, make it on the leaderboard, and play with all your friends.

Whatever game you decide whether it’s bingo or a family round of UNO don’t forget time with family and friends is so important!